The newly opened Renaissance Downtown, Dubai will join 170 Renaissance Hotels around the world to host the Global Day of Discovery for the first time since its opening in 2017.
The hotel will transform into a blank canvas, featuring a bold and unscripted dark art experience. Completely immersive, the Global Day of Discovery experience will feature international and local artists, bringing the design aesthetic of the hotel to life, led by Renaissance navigators – the brand’s twist on concierge.
“There is always an opportunity for the unexpected, for business unusual, at Renaissance Hotels,” said Richard Zeolla, general manager, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai.
“With Global Day of Discovery, we celebrate and showcase what Renaissance does every day to help our guests uncover the soul of the neighborhood and experience the people, sights, sounds, tastes and art of the local culture which makes each city unique.”
In the lobby, guests will be greeted by The Year of Zayed installation and the centenary celebrations of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The installation includes seven sands from the seven Emirates merging to form the canvas of the UAE from which a portrait of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan emerges. Following the Global Day of Discovery unveiling, the piece will be on permanent display at the property.
Guests will then be led on an unscripted tour throughout the property by the team of navigators, breaking down the traditional art gallery concept, where they will be given a map of the local and international art pieces, plotting a course through the hotel with narratives of the artwork and key design elements of the property.
The pieces will be a mix of 3D, interactive installations and dark art installations, that are not visible to the naked eye and are only discoverable by UV light.
Select installations will be interactive in nature, featuring designs that work in sync with the hotel, including a unique structure from Jeongmoon Choi, a light artist who creates complex geometric arrangements of UV-reflective threads.
The experience will be open to the public from 9AM to 5PM on 5 June 2018.